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Caring For Chicks in your backyard

Remember, good egg layers begin with proper care when they are chicks. There is a real advantage of raising your own chicks, you control their diet, medication and everyday care. Be careful buying grown chickens from different places. Ask questions about their diet and vaccinations before you buy them. Supplies needed: 1. A chick brooder […]

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Chicken Eggs Candling

Candling eggs is a very exciting time. Candling a week after incubation allows you to find out if an egg is fertile and allows you to remove clear eggs. Candling again after another week allows you to remove any ‘dead in shell’ embryos, those that haven’t developed further and usually only show a blood ring inside. A dark room and a bright […]

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Day 18 of incubation period

When eggs go into lockdown on day 18, they prepare to hatch by positioning their beaks towards the wide end of the egg where the air cell is. For much of the journey thus far, the embryo has been supplied with oxygen through the eggshell’s pores via a network of blood vessels called the allantois. Just prior to hatching, the chick pokes […]

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Keeping Brooder Water Clean

When raising baby chicks, keeping the water clean in their brooder can be a major challenge. Busy chicks kick shavings into the waterer and always find a way to poop in it. By far, my preference is to use poultry nipple waterers, however, it is not always possible to hang a bottle of water from the side of the […]

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Avian Flu

Avian influenza, commonly known as “avian flu” or “bird flu,” is caused by influenza type A viruses that normally only occur in birds. Avian flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, such as chickens, ducks and turkeys, very sick and kill them. These viruses usually do not infect humans, but […]

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Kenyan poultry farming struggling with high costs

The high cost of inputs and unavailability of stock are hurting poultry farming in Kenya, reports Business Daily. Production costs have doubled in the past year despite Kenyans’ adoption of healthy lifestyles that has seen wider uptake of chicken. Growth has stagnated over the past 5 years mostly due to lack of incentives, said the […]

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Global Trends in Eggs Productions

orld egg production will likely reach a record 65.5 million tonnes in 2013 despite the rate of growth having slowed, writes Terry Evans, industry watcher. Twenty per cent of all eggs are produced in the Americas. Between 2000 and 2010, global egg output expanded by more than two per cent a year from 51 million […]

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Common Poultry Diseases and Parasites

Below are the most commonly encountered poultry diseases listed in alphabetical order. Less frequently observed diseases require consultation with a specialty disease manual. Click on the appropriate disease to see a discussion. Ascarid Worms Aspergillosis Blackhead Botulism Cage Layer Fatigue Cannibalism Capillaria Cecal Worms Chiggers Coccidiosis Erysipelas E. coli Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome Fowl Cholera […]

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How to start you own poultry farming business

1.            SELECT YOUR POULTRY NICHE The poultry industry is a broad niche. There are many sub-sectors in the poultry industry which you can tap into. Below are niches in the poultry business: Egg production (Layers breeding) Meat production (Broilers breeding) Chicken breeding (Hatchery) Poultry feed production Poultry equipment manufacturing Egg and meat processing, packaging and […]